Robert Wurtz receives 2010 Gruber Prize

Robert H. Wurtz, who has made major contributions to the fields of visual cognition and cognitive neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2010 Neuroscience Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. Among other advances, Wurtz was the first to record the activity of single neurons in awake, behaving primates. In a long line of research, he has characterized the contributions of cortical and subcortical areas to visual processing and eye movement control. His methods have been widely adopted by researchers in perception, attention, and memory and have been applied in studies of mental and neurological disorders.

Dr. Wurtz received his PhD in psychology in 1962 from the University of Michigan (working with James Olds) and then went on to a fellowship in physiology and neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. Since 1965, he has spent the bulk of his career at the intramural laboratories of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

In 1997, the American Psychological Association honored Dr. Wurtz with a Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He is the recipient of numerous other prizes and honors as well, including election to the National Academy of Sciences and to the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

The Gruber prize carries a cash award of $500,000. More information about Dr. Wurtz and the prize can be found at the Gruber Foundation website.